Ellis: Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck

Newsletter Have You Met Your Insurance Deductible? END OF THE YEAR BENEFITS

An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapymay not cost you anything. Patientswith family plans or thosewho have hadmajor surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. Thismeans that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan.

If you are close to or havemet your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need towork on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2019. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at 208-523-8879 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

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Roll Around With Your Four Legged Friend! LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PAIN IN THE NECK

INSIDE: • NECK PAIN 101 • PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT • EXERCISE ESSENTIALS • DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE ONE-ON-ONE PERSONALIZED TREATMENT WORK ACCIDENTS WE HELP YOU HEAL SPORTS PERFORMANCE ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS SENIOR PROGRAMS TREATMENT FOR ALL AGES

Head and neck pain is not the type of pain that you can push through and deal with for too long. For one thing, chronic pain in the head or neck is often associated with some sort of chronic health concern — one that you need to deal with, not ignore. Secondly, when you are dealing with constant pain in your head or neck, it becomes difficult to concentrate. This can have a negative effect on your personal relationships, your career and more. The most common cause of neck or head pain is a muscle or joint problem. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the cause of the trouble and begin taking steps to correct the issue, allowing you to find relief from the pain without having to commit to long-term pain management — which often includes the use of pain medications that are potentially harmful to your health and not likely to work as well over time. Unlike pain medications that become less helpful the longer they are used, physical therapy provides long-term relief from pain by correcting the joint or muscle concern with targeted therapies like flexibility exercises, muscle strengthening techniques, and guided stretches that target core joints and muscles. Of course, not all neck or head pain is the same, so understanding the basics of what you are dealing with is the first step to achieving relief.

Head Pain 101. There are a lot of different types of headaches that you may experience, and each can be caused by its own different reason. For example, migraines can be caused by environmental factors, food allergies or even as a result of stress. There are headaches that can develop due to sinus pain and headaches that will develop when you are dehydrated. Therearealsoheadachesthatwilldevelopwhenyouare exposed too long to loud noises.There is no singular fix for each of these different types of headaches, which is why attempting to treat every headache you experience with the same medication frequently doesn’t work. One of the most common causes of headaches that are easily treatable with physical therapy is radiating headaches, which are caused by stress in the joints and muscles of the neck. This causes pain to radiate from the top of the neck into the head, especially surrounding the ears. There are a lot of reasons why radiating headaches could develop, including as a result of lack of movement and stiffness in the neck. This buildup of irritation can be treated with regular physical therapy, especially through the use of massage and flexibility exercises that target the muscles in the neck. If you are suffering from aches and pains, contact us at 208- 523-8879 to learn more about how you can return to a pain-free active lifestyle!

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NECK PAIN 101

In many situations, pain that develops in the neck can be associated with one of two major problems. The first is upper-back pain that begins to radiate into the neck.The second is arthritis. Physical therapy can be used to address both types of neck pain. Cervical arthritis causes frequent aches in the neck and shoulders. This pain is generally worse when there are sudden changes in weather or at the end of the day, and while over-the-counter medication may make the pain less severe, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely. Thebiggestproblemposedbycervicalarthritis is that thepainwill typically cause a loss of range of motion in the neck, which actually increases your risk of injury as a result of a sudden movement and causes regular discomfort and frustration as you are not able to utilize your neck in the way you normally could. There are plenty of situations in which pain in the neck as a result of cervical arthritis grows so severe that it can cause chronic poor posture and even a reduction in height. Addressing the Core Problem Themajorityofneckandheadpaincanbehelpedwithonesimplestrategy: strengthbuilding. It frequentlyhappens that theabsolutecauseof thestart ofapain in theneckorhead isa resultofpoorpostureorquickenedmotion, andbuildingcorestrength,aswellasstrength in theneck,canmakeahuge difference inyourability tohandle taskswithoutexperiencingchronicpain. Keep in mind that the neck and head are sensitive areas, so attempting to treat thepainathomecanbedangerousandmaynotbeeffective.Working with a physical therapist is the safe way to ensure that you are practicing positive techniques to find relief from your aches and pains.

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Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you loose and pain-free... Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

STRAIGHT ARM PECTORAL STRETCH Stand in a doorway. Put your arm up against the doorway. Make sure the wall protects the front of your shoulder! Turn away - you should feel a stretch in your chest. Stretches Neck

Strengthens Neck Muscles CERVICAL ROTATION Turn your head towards the side, then return back to looking straight ahead.

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

At Ellis Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatmentsbyour friendly,caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get to Ellis Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

Patient Success Spotlight “A couple of years ago, I was dealt a devastating blow with a diagnosis of a progressive debilitating disease. I had to quit work and started to go downhill with loss of strength and balance. Ellis Physical Therapy and their Aquatic Program have helped me to regain some strength, balance and mobility that I thought would never happen again. Even my wife is seeing an increase in strength, improvement in balance and mobility. They are very knowledgeable, caring, and patient with my needs.They take the time to explain things that I need to know or understand to help make my rehab adventure successful.” – Scott B. Helped me to regain some strength! CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT! (208) 523-8879 HEALTHY RECIPE Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1½ lbs boneless chicken thighs • 2 (8 oz) packages sliced mushrooms • 1 (32 oz) carton reduced-sodium

• 1½ cups thinly sliced leeks • 1½ cups ½-inch sliced celery • ¾ cup uncooked wild rice • ¾ tsp salt • 1 (12 oz) package soft, tofu • 1 cup low-fat milk (1%) • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

chicken broth • 2 cups water

DIRECTIONS In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes or until browned, turning once. In a 6-qt. slow cooker combine chicken, mushrooms, chicken broth, water, leeks, celery, wild rice and salt. Cover and cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours. Remove chicken from cooker. Coarsely shred chicken using two forks. If using low setting, turn to high. In a blender combine the tofu, low-fat milk, flour and thyme leaves. Cover and blend until smooth. Stir into mixture in cooker. Cover and cook 30 minutes more or until thick. Stir in shredded chicken.

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